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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Fifty Years of People, Place & Progress: Looking Back on 50 Years of MRCOG

MRCOG 2019 Annual Report Celebrates Region's Accomplishments

The Mid-Region Council of Governments marked another year of regional successes by hosting its 2019 Annual Event on August 23, 2019. Several attendees representing central New Mexico came together to recognize the accomplishments of collaborative efforts from across the region.

2019 Annual Report Cover PageLooking Back on 50 Years of MRCOG

The Mid-Region Council of Governments has come a long way from its small offices on the 10th floor of the Western Bank building in Downtown Albuquerque, and a staff of a half a dozen. Built from a collaboration between the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, historical figures in the Albuquerque region like Harry E. Kinney, Pete Domenici, and Tom Hoover were involved at the very start of the organization. The COG now boasts more than 30 member agencies, from City of Rio Rancho to the Village of Willard, and from Albuquerque Public Schools, to the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority.

In 1969, MRCOG was run by just a handful of “participating” staff; by 1994, that number had grown to 23; and today, MRCOG boasts over 120 employees.

Along with our membership and staff, our programs have evolved as well. Where once our key programs in the very beginning were Monumentation Surveys and Aging, MRCOG’s focus has been expanded to include economic development planning, urban and rural transportation planning, and water planning. We now have many programs of regional importance under our umbrella. Especially after 2002, the width and breath of our areas of expertise expanded to include Workforce Development, and implementing and managing a regional commuter rail system. 

Anniversaries are opportunities to recollect milestones and memories—and to cherish them again. The credit for many of MRCOG’s achievements over the years goes to the visionary leadership of generations of board members and chairs, the cooperation and collaboration between our local government agencies, the administration of five executive directors, as well as the many (former and present) MRCOG employees who dedicated themselves to making this organization the well-respected professional institution that it is today.

MRCOG was founded on core human values like cooperation, trust, integrity, and teamwork between staff members and member agencies, and those basic tenants are still what govern our work culture and our relationships 50 years later.

As you flip through the pages of this year’s Annual Report, we hope you will get a picture of just how far we’ve come as an organization and as region. Starting with only a handful of people and a very limited amount of resources, MRCOG has traveled a long and evolutionary road. 

So let’s look forward to another amazing 50 years with durable relationships, strong commitments, and the determination that will put the Council of Governments on track to reach even greater heights. 

Here’s to the future of the region!

Dewey Cave 2019Dewey V. Cave
MRCOG Executive Director

MRCOG Chair Gregg Hull 2019Greggory Hull
MRCOG Board Chair

Read the 2019 MRCOG Annual Report (PDF)
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